Michael and Ridgely were 18 when they wrote this song, 19 when it was released in June 1982. At the time, most rap songs were lighthearted fun. The one that made it big in the UK was "Rapper's Delight
" by the Sugarhill Gang, which went to #3 in 1979. That song is as funny as it is groundbreaking; Michael took its cue and wrote his own silly rap.
Unlike "Rapper's Delight," "Wham Rap!" doesn't use any samples. The track is heavy on keyboards (played by their producer, Bob Carter), but also has real guitar (played by Ridgeley), bass, horns and drums.